Member of the Week – Aristides Rivas

Every Wednesday, we will be featuring one Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra member to answer some fun questions about themselves. Today we will be hearing from Aristides Rivas in the cello section.

Aristides with a student from Conservatory Lab Charter School Dudamel Orchestra - Photo by Toni Jackson

Aristides with a student from Conservatory Lab Charter School Dudamel Orchestra – Photo by Toni Jackson

What would your occupation be if you were not a musician?

I think I would have been either a diplomat or a farmer. I do enjoy working with people and finding solutions based on equality and common grounds. At the same time, I think of the life in a farm as something so connected to our humanity. There, you can see the results of your work in such a simple and beautiful way. Perhaps the combination of these two made me a musician. 

What is your favorite dish to cook?

Recently I started using a pasta cutter that I got as a wedding gift and also planting basil during the summer. Now one of my favorite dishes to make is fresh homemade pasta with fresh homemade pesto. It’s ridiculously good!

What is your favorite movie?

Well, it’s definitely between The Lord of the Rings and James Bond, but it’s very hard to decide! 

Who is your musical hero?

One of my heroes in music is the late Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Besides his incredible cello playing, he was such a complete musician and artist. He was also a great pianist, conductor, and teacher. But the most important element that I admired about him was his commitment to self-discipline and living up to his own standards. That’s what made him great in everything he did.